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Dolichos Bean (Dolichos lab lab)

  • Description :
    • An annual, aggressive summer legume grown for grazing, hay and silage production.
  • Climate :
    • Subtropical
  • Moisture Requirements :
    • 450 – 900 mm per annum
  • Soil Preference :
    • Widely adapted to most soil types including sandy wet and acid soils
  • Sowing Rate :
    • Broadcast : 15 – 20 kg / ha
  • Planting Time :
    • October to November
  • Planting Method :
    • Plant on fine, firm, well prepared, weed free seed bed
  • Management :
    • Very good green manure and rotation crop for soil improvement
    • All other forms of management very similar to that of managing cowpeas.
  • Limitations :
    • Dolichos beans require more heat units than cowpeas to complete their life cycle.
    • They are therefore recommended for the hotter production regions of the RSA.
    • Under these conditions supplementary irrigation would optimise yields.
 
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